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Royal Flush (Thorndike Core) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Rhys Bowen
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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2 Nov 2009 Thorndike Core
1930s London: Poor Lady Georgiana - 34th in line to the throne - has been sent home due to a little scandal. Now she must keep the entirely unsuitable Mrs. Simpson from seducing the Prince of Wales - and help Scotland Yard by preventing someone from shooting the Prince instead of quails.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (2 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410420515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410420510
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,170,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Although I now live in California, I'm a transplanted Brit--born in Bath, but my mother's family comes from Wales. Hence my first mystery series featured a Welsh police constable (the Constable Evans Mysteries of which there are 10). I've been a writer all my life but finally decided to write what I like to read--mystery novels with a great sense of time and place.
I currently write two series: The Molly Murphy mysteries set in 1900s New York City, featuring an Irish immigrant woman, and the lighter Royal Spyness Mysteries about a minor royal in 1930s England. She's Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the throne, but completely penniless. These have been described by Booklist as "a smashing romp."
My books have been nominated for every major mystery award in the US and I have won 9 including Agatha, Anthony and MacAvity awards.

My Royal Spyness books ring true because I married into a family that once owned stately homes and has cousins with funny nicknames. So many good anecdotes there! The Royal Spyness books currently have a movie option and I'm hoping they will become more available in Britain.

When I'm not writing I love to travel, hike, sing, play my Celtic harp and generally enjoy lie.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosy old fashioned treat 8 Jan 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Found this next to the bed in a holiday rental house in France the other week and was delighted. I am a sucker for the old fashioned cosy who-dunnits without too much blood and where the violence is safe. So this reads like a classic from the era, but is in fact a modern take on the period (with extra stuff that works in hindsight) so the villain is Mrs Simpson, the Mutt is the Prince of Wales, the Client is Queen Mary and the central character is the reluctant virgin daughter of an earl who moonlights as a maid to make ends meet. Gentle fun and I shall be trawling Amazon for the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Georgiana Returns Home 1 Sep 2009
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Lady Georgiana is having a hard time in London. Thanks to the summer heat, she's finding few takers for her house cleaning service. But she things her friend Belinda has just handed her a winning meal ticket - dinner companion for out of town men. But advertising it as an escort service proves to be disastrous, and it is strongly suggested that Georgie return home to Scotland avert a royal scandal.

To her surprise, Georgie is greeted at Castle Rannoch with open arms. Her sister-in-law, Fig, is being driven crazy by a house full of demanding Americans. Since Her Majesty requested a place for them to stay, Fig can't demand they leave. So she enlists Georgie's help in running them off.

But the more pressing matter is the accidents that keep happening to the royal family. It looks like someone is trying to kill off the heirs to the throne. Worse yet, it might even be someone from the upper class. Georgie sets out to figure out who it is before things turn deadly. Can she do it?

This is another delightful romp from the pen of Rhys Bowen. The cast of characters is sharply drawn, and I had to laugh at the way Georgie described them at times. I got interested enough in 1930's England to see how many of these characters are real.

The book is always entertaining with the memorable characters. The plots a little slow in the first half, but it really picks up steam in the second, providing us with a memorable climax.

This is a fun, lighthearted mystery. If you need a smile of your face, you've come to the right place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a fun read 10 July 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
a great book to rest your mind with....a bit of fun with enough detail to stop it being trivial..a good holiday read
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